A worse loss to the Mantae
So, uh, pretty much Barry Zito still sucks. Jesus, this is going to be a longer year than I thought it would be. Eleven runs allowed? To the Devil Rays!? And then the devestating axis of Hideo Nomo, Lance Carter, and Seth McClung (that's sarcasm, folks) shut the A's "offense" down to boot. Good lord. This combined with the 4-0 loss in the first game of the season makes for the most depressing first week in recent memory. I'm searching for some kind of positive here. Keiichi Yabu had a decent outing in his debut, though he didn't do well with the runners he inherited from Barry Zito. He did, however, have an impressive run of three innings after that, including one in which he struck out the side. Keith Ginter also tied for the team lead with his second homer of the year, though it was meaningless except for his stats.
ARCSince that's the only positive news for the day, let's get to the ARC: MVOP: Mark Kotsay, 1.388, for homering and walking in his only two trips to the plate before being removed in the sixth with the A's down by ten. LVOP: Erubiel Durazo, -1.1729, who's in a funk, winning this award two days in a row. He went 0-4 with two men left on base. Scott Hatteberg had the same performance, but Durazo kept making outs in front of him, lowering the cost of his outs. MVP: Huston Street, 0.5379, for a scoreless eighth inning. LVP: Barry Zito, -5.3288, for (duh) giving up an uncountable infinity of runs.
RelieversUsing Larry Mahnken's DIPS Worksheet, I've calculated the projected (by PECOTA) DIPS ERA for each of the A's seven relievers plus a few others who could see time for Oakland this year.
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